I don’t know if I’m being “neurotic” (to borrow a term from another thread), but I feel my…er…sorry …“intimate odour” has changed since I got MS, though I’m not sure it has anything to do with urine.
At first, I worried that perhaps fatigue, or some loss of dexterity meant I hadn’t been as scrupulous with hygiene as formerly, and maybe this might account for it. But I really think I’m taking as much care, and as frequently, as I ever did, so I’m unsure why my scent has changed, and why it’s now objectionable to me, rather than familiar.
Of course, I am a woman of “a certain age”, and have also have gone on the pill since being diagnosed, to try to overcome the exacerbation of MS symptoms I was getting once a month.
I realise either of these factors could have changed the hormonal balance, and caused me to smell differently.
I have also worried I might be “leaking” a bit, but only droplets, not full incontinence. But I am not positive the odour is urine (which should be pretty distinctive). Only that I don’t feel I smell as I “ought to”, or what is normal for me.
Of course, another possibility is that nothing has changed, but my sense of smell has gone wrong! You never know, with MS, do you?
I just wonder if whatever processes go on in the body with MS are capable of affecting body chemistry, to the extent we would smell differently? I know some cancers can be smelt - if not by other people, then by trained dogs. I also know dogs can be trained to “smell” if an epileptic owner is in imminent danger of a fit, and to warn them accordingly.
I wonder if MS also causes detectable changes in body chemistry?
I’ve never posted about this before, 'cos it’s both personal and a bit yucky. But since someone else started…
Not a subject I would have dreamt I would be having conversations online with people about but as you say, you never know with MS. Your point is Interesting Tina, I’m not sure either. I’m seeing my continence nurse in a couple of weeks, perhaps she’ll have an answer, meanwhile I’m taking Bunny’s advice and emptying my bladder 3 times a day.